Busted lips, blown saves and a whole lotta blame: After rough road trip, Yankees ready to meet the Mets

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Drama, tension and scapegoating surrounded the New York Yankees and their fans last week, with a two-city road trip rife with disastrous outcomes.

The normally reliable bullpen was shoddy. The clutch hits that had become a major part of the Bronx Bombers' identity in May suddenly were nonexistent as June nike nfl jerseys cheap

So Sunday in Cleveland, as they went into their final game of the trip and prepared to head home with one of the biggest interleague series of the year looming, the Yankees were hell-bent on giving themselves something to smile about during the hour-and-a-half flight back to the Big Apple.3
In the short term, the victory, though by no means an easy one, comes as a relief. It took extra innings, a lost five-run lead, a pair of hard-hit drives to the wall and one player's career first in order to make it happen.

"These are games that you need throughout a season to kind of keep it to where you still have a fight," center fielder Aaron Hicks said. "When you play a team that has a fight, it really shows what kind of character you have as a team and it just helps you in the long run."

Weather permitting, Hicks' squad may be in for another two dogfights Monday and Tuesday, when the New York Mets cross boroughs to visit Yankee Stadium. The Mets are not having as good a year as the Yankees, but these series are typically must-see nfl jerseys cheap paypal

The forecast is calling for a near-100 percent chance of rain both days. But assuming the first edition of this year's Subway Series goes off as planned, Yankees manager Aaron Boone is anticipating a natural segue from Sunday's contest, which he said left him "proud" of his team.

"It's something different that in a way can get your juices flowing a little bit, knowing you're playing the other team you share the city with," Boone said. "Those kind of series and games in the course of a long season are fun to be a part of. You can tell in those games, and you can feel in those games, that it does matter to a lot of people and those are fun things to be a part of."

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